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by Dan B.
The complexity of new design challenges demands better documentation faster. Designers can no longer hope to hand in a sheaf of wireframes and hope the project team can follow along. Instead, teams are more dependent on good deliverables and better pictures to communicate a complete story. And designers need to create documents faster, in part to accommodate rapidly changing methodologies. Finally, designers need to weigh the value of creating formal documentation against other methods of explaining design.
Regardless of your role in the design process–researcher, evaluator, designer, developer–creating and using documentation is essential. Design deliverables establish a plan for design activities, ensure that the team is aligned in their objectives, and set expectations for project stakeholders.
Though some interpretations of modern development methodologies suggest eschewing design documentation, a good framework for deliverables can adapt to a variety of circumstances. Design teams should not assume a one-size-fits all approach to their deliverables, but instead cultivate a toolkit that serves a range of design projects.
This workshop will teach participants understand what makes great design documentation, and how to get there faster. Using examples from EightShapes Unify – a free collections of deliverable templates - the workshop will dig into some of the techniques that can make deliverable preparation more efficient.
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
If you work on web projects and need to create, review, or approve design documentation, this workshop will help you develop a critical eye for deliverables.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
By the end of this workshop you will:
- Establish the role of design documentation in your organization
- Have strategies for recognizing great deliverables and providing feedback on documentation
- Know how to plan a collection of basic templates for constructing design deliverables
- Know how to plan the structure and content of a deliverable before building it
- Understand how to adapt design deliverables to various circumstances
- Appreciate separating design deliverables from design artifacts to support reuse
- See how EightShapes Unify allows you to create design documents quickly
by Kevin Cheng
How do you get people to read your documentation? How do you get a point across within 10 seconds? How do you make sure your product stays true to its original vision?
Google used them. The US Postal Service used them. Adaptive Path used them. The US Navy used them. Business author and TED speaker Daniel Pink used them. It seems comics are in use everywhere lately.
Comics are a unique way to communicate, using both image and text to effectively demonstrate time, function, and emotion. Just as vividly as they convey the feats of superheroes, comics tell stories of your users and your products. Comics can provide your organization with an exciting and effective alternative to slogging through requirements documents and long reports.
In See What I Mean, Kevin Cheng, OK/Cancel founder/cartoonist and author of the soon to be released Rosenfeld book by the same title, will teach you how you can use comics as a powerful communication tool without any illustrator skills.
This half day workshop will help you:
In See What I Mean, Kevin will walk you step by step through the process of using comics to communicate, and provide examples from industry leaders who have already adopted this method.
by Wolf Becvar
Interactivity is on the go offering so many advantages, so why would you still stick to old-fashioned techniques and clumsy tools when you are about the concept THE next website. This session will bring you the advantages of interactive wireframing demoing the latest version of HotGloo.
11th–13th May 2011